How to Sell Vinyl Records

How to Sell Vinyl Records Online

Get the most value out of your vinyl records by selling directly to collectors on Discogs. Discogs holds information on nearly 6 million vinyl record releases. It’s also a vibrant marketplace, where collectors from around the world buy and sell records. Discogs is committed to being open source, which includes making sales data public. Determine the current value of your vinyl records based on recent sales, then list for free to sell them to collectors worldwide.

Follow three steps to find the value of and sell your vinyl records using Discogs, the largest vinyl record marketplace on the web.

Step 1: Identify The Record Version


Most albums have been released more than once, resulting in different release versions.

For example, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been released at least 385 times on vinyl. Some of these pressings are worth hundreds of dollars. Some are worth less than $20.

If the record has a barcode, scan it with the Discogs App to find it immediately. If that’s not an option, look for a Catalog Number, often found on the sleeve or pressed on the inner ring of the vinyl itself, or search using the album name.

Use the full guide to identifying information on vinyl records to find other clues.

Search For Your Record

Step 2: Evaluate The Condition


The condition of your records will greatly influence their value. No matter how rare your records are, they will not be worth much if they don’t sound and look good.

Generally, if your record and sleeve are unopened, have never been played, and have no visible damage, it will be worth more. Records that are warped, sleeves that are bent or scratched, and ones with water or other noticeable defects will be worth less. However, even records in Poor condition can retain some value.

The vinyl resale market uses the Goldmine Grading Standard, which provides grades (Mint to Poor, with about 6 ratings in between) depending on condition.

Step 3: Find Vinyl Record Value & List For Sale


Find your record release page on Discogs. In the Statistics section, you can view a summary of sales data.

Click on the Last Sold date to view full sales data, along with condition of each record sold and a chart with price trends over time.

Vinyl Record Prices on Discogs

Price your record competitively and optimize your seller settings. In the Marketplace section of the page, select Sell Vinyl and follow the steps to list the record for free.

Sell Vinyl Records on Discogs

Benefits to Selling Vinyl Records on Discogs

The are numerous benefits to selling your vinyl records online to Discogs collectors:

Pay only when the record is purchased, at 8% on items only.
Compare this to more than 10% on items and shipping with eBay and Amazon.
Utilize a dedicated Support Team to resolve issues.
Take advantage of Seller tools and shipping materials.
No Listing Expiration – leave records up for as long as it takes them to sell.
Offer discounts on shipping to buyers willing to purchase more than one of your records.
Your inventory will be accessible to a robust community of genuinely passionate music lovers!

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Join The Vinyl Community At Discogs

We love physical music at Discogs. We’re a worldwide community of music lovers that have come together to build the largest physical-media Database in the world. We also love to discover new music and grow our own collections. If all this sounds great to you then join us!

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Sell On Your Terms

Tailor your settings to sell on your terms. Enter shipping rates for all the countries where you’re open for business with Shipping Policies. Add your PayPal ID, sign up for Discogs Payments, detail your Seller Terms, include a ship-from address, and more. Getting your Seller Settings correct is essential for building trust with buyers, and providing them with an optimal shopping experience.

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